Tuesday, September 18, 2012

K.L. Open begins

The old K.L. Open has being renamed to DYMM Dr. Raja Nazrin Shah International Open Championship 201. The tournament begins today with 82 players with 10 GMs, 1 WGM, 9 IMs, 3 FMs and 1 WFM taking part.

This year , Peter managed to attract the top GM Sergei Tiviakov. Other grandmasters include Filipinos Mark Paragua and Oliver Barbosa, fresh from the olympiad in Istanbul. The Philippines had one of their best outings in recent years finishing 21st.

Malaysians taking part include Ronnie Lim who will be trying for his second norm. It is also good to see our olympiad member, Lim Zhuo Ren taking part. Zhuo Ren was supposed to return to England after the olympiad, but few of us advised him to stay back for this tournament. It is not that often once has the chance to be able to meet so many title holders in a tournament. If he can make a IM norm here he will have completed the required number of 22 games (13 from olympiad and 9 from this tournament). Make us proud again , Zhuo Ren!

Good luck too to Tan Li Ting and Najiha, our Women's representatives at Istanbul , Elgin Lee and Dilwen Ding, our representatives at Under-16 Olympiad in Istanbul.


IM Kevin Goh said...

Hi Jimmy,

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe Zhuo Ren's norm is a 13 game one instead of 20. Would be rooting for him in any case.

Wei Ming

Jimmy Liew said...

Yes, my mistake. Its only 13 games.

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